Young prince Ashoka accidentally overhears two men in a city tavern: a band of assassins have infiltrated Pataliputra, capital of the great Mauryavansh empire. Their target—the entire imperial family.
The prince makes it his mission to root out the assassins with the help of the Chandikas—the female military order instituted by Samrat Chandragupta Maurya. But when his own lover, a Chandika, confesses a terrible secret, he realizes that the threat lies within his own family!
Ashok K. Banker
Ashok Banker is the internationally acclaimed author of over 50 published books ranging from non-fiction, mythological retellings, historical and literary fiction to crime, mystery, thrillers, romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror. His hugely successful Ramayana Series is credited with having launched the genre of English-language mythological retellings and influenced an entire generation of authors. Over 3 million copies of his books have been sold in 18 languages, 58 countries and in eBook editions. As a journalist, he broke front-page news stories for Times of India and Outlook. As a screenwriter, he created and wrote India’s first TV series in English and co-created and co-wrote Malaysia’s first TV series in English, as well as several other hit shows. Born in Mumbai, Ashok is of Irish-Portuguese-Sri Lankan-Indian parentage and lived in India for over 51 years. He now resides in Los Angeles.